Flawless Otaegui secures victory at Volvo China Open

Adrian Otaegui lands his fifth DP World Tour title following a narrow one-shot victory in China.

Adrian Otaegui
Adrian Otaegui

Adrian Otaegui overturned a five-shot deficit to secure his fifth DP World Tour title at the Volvo China Open and earn a spot in the US PGA Championship later this month.

The Spaniard entered the third and final round five strokes behind Swede Sebastian Söderberg, who had sat on the lead since Friday after Saturday’s third round was cancelled due to thunder and lightning in the Shenzhen area.

Brighter conditions greeted the field for the final round at Hidden Grace Golf Club and Otaegui made a terrific start with four birdies and five pars on his front nine to move into a share of the lead at the turn. 

Another gain at the par-5 13th, followed by back-to-back birdies on 16 and 17 saw him hit the front for the first time at 18-under par.

The 31-year-old held his nerve to par the par-4 18th hole and sign for a 7-under par closing 65 and secure a one-shot victory over three-time DP World Tour winner Guido Migliozzi, who finished second.

Söderberg went out of bounds with his final tee-shot for a closing double bogey, which saw him slide into a tie for third alongside Englishman Paul Waring and Switzerland’s Joel Girrbach at 16-under par. 

Otaegui becomes the first Spanish player to win the Volvo China Open and climbs 46 places to 13th on the Race to Dubai Rankings in Partnership with Rolex.

He also catapults to third place on the Asian Swing Rankings to earn a coveted spot in the US PGA Championship alongside Söderberg, who won the Rankings, and Japan’s Keita Nakajima who finished second.

Otaegui said: 

"I'm very, very happy. I had to wait a little bit since I finished, see what was happening in the final group but luckily for me, things turned out well and I'm extremely happy.

"I was starting five shots back and I tried not to look at the leaderboard, not think about the result, try to play how I played on Thursday and Friday and think if things go well, it's a course where I can have some birdie chances.

"I have been putting well, I was feeling more and more confident through the week with the putter and I knew if I had birdie chances that I could potentially hole a few. I think I was actually feeling more calm through the round.

"I hit some very, very good shots on the last few holes. I think the four-iron I hit on 16 was very good, I nearly holed it. The three-wood on 17, the second shot, was extremely good so I just felt good and kept playing my game.

"Playing a major this year was a big goal for me. I’m delighted that I will be at the US PGA Championship in two weeks, it will be just enough time to rest a little bit at home next week and then head to America."

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